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Clay Ryan named senior VP of external affairs at Alabama Power

Ryan will succeed Zeke Smith who retired after a 40-year career with the company.

Clay Ryan UA System

Clay Ryan, former senior vice chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Alabama System, has been appointed as the senior vice president of External Affairs for Alabama Power, succeeding Zeke Smith who retired after an illustrious 40-year career with the company.

Ryan’s appointment comes with significant responsibilities, encompassing Governmental Affairs, Corporate Affairs, and Charitable Giving. Smith, prior to his retirement, had held the executive vice president position of External Affairs.

“Clay is a seasoned and dedicated leader with an unwavering commitment to the state,” remarked Alabama Power President and CEO Jeff Peoples. “We are excited for this next chapter as we jointly navigate the evolving needs of our customers.”

Ryan’s extensive experience spans numerous prestigious roles. Before his tenure at the University of Alabama System, he chaired the Governmental and Regulatory Affairs practice group at the esteemed Maynard Nexsen law firm.

His educational background is equally impressive. Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham-Southern College and later pursued a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law, serving as editor of the Alabama Law Review. His leadership skills have been acknowledged with his inclusion in the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 and Yellowhammer News’ Power & Influence 50.

Ryan’s commitment to community service remains evident. Apart from his responsibilities at Alabama Power, he holds a seat on the board of directors of the Business Council of Alabama. He has also contributed as a board member for the Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center and presently chairs the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama’s Roundtable.

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